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Posted: 09 December 2015 03:28 PM   Ignore ]  
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In the song Finnegan’s Wake there is an Irish phrase likes appears to sound like t’ainm an deal. Does anyone know what they are actually saying and what does it mean?

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Posted: 10 December 2015 03:23 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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“t’ainm an diabhail” . . “name of the devil”


or maybe “t’anam an diabhail” = soul of the devil??

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eadaoin - 10 December 2015 03:23 PM

“t’ainm an diabhail” . . “name of the devil”


or maybe “t’anam an diabhail” = soul of the devil??

t’anam ’on diabhal = t’anam don diabhal = your soul to the devil!

 

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Posted: 11 December 2015 07:16 AM   Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Labhrás - 10 December 2015 05:57 PM
eadaoin - 10 December 2015 03:23 PM

“t’ainm an diabhail” . . “name of the devil”


or maybe “t’anam an diabhail” = soul of the devil??

t’anam ’on diabhail = t’anam don diabhail = your soul to the devil!

definitely níos fearr!

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Posted: 15 December 2015 11:06 AM   Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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I think it’s diabhal not diabhail.
It’s like saying “Well, I’ll be damned!” in English.

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Wee_Falorie_Man - 15 December 2015 11:06 AM

I think it’s diabhal not diabhail.

Oh, of course. You’re right. I’ll correct it.

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Posted: 06 February 2016 08:41 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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wouldn’t it be d’anam and not t’anam?

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Posted: 06 February 2016 08:55 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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It’s definitely T’anam ‘on diabhal in Munster and Connacht (I’ve also heard Th’anam ‘on diabhal in Kerry).
I don’t know about Ulster.

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Posted: 07 February 2016 10:33 AM   Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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And for yet another interpretation, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnegan’s_Wake, in which it is claimed that:  “The last part of the song where Tim Finnegan says, “Thanum an dhul” (“D’ainm an diabhal”), means “In the name of the devil”, and comes from the Irish.”

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Seáinín - 07 February 2016 10:33 AM

And for yet another interpretation, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnegan’s_Wake, in which it is claimed that:  “The last part of the song where Tim Finnegan says, “Thanum an dhul” (“D’ainm an diabhal”), means “In the name of the devil”, and comes from the Irish.”

in the name of the devil = in ainm an diabhail, not d’ainm an diabhail

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